What Makes Italian Cuisine So Special?

  • By Nael
  • 31 Jan, 2017

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 Handcrafted Food is a Key Part of the Italian Tradition

There are many cuisines around the world, but perhaps none of them focuses on the type of painstaking, all-day work and preparation that Italian cuisine does. That's because much of the food served throughout Italy simply requires a great deal of work to cook and prepare. Pasta is often made by hand using fresh ingredients while sauces take all day to cook and properly seasoned. Aged cheeses and fresh breads, essential to finishing off any truly authentic Italian meal, sometimes take multiple days or months to prepare. That's why the Italian tradition treats every meal as a celebration and as a reward: That meal, at least historically speaking, often took months of preparation so that each fresh ingredient could be properly aged and integrated into the dishes being served.


A Simple Way to Cook a Fulfilling Meal

Though Italian cuisine often involves a whole day of preparing, and some of its ingredients must age for months at a time, the actual preparation of an Italian meal is very straightforward. This is especially true when considering the advanced techniques and delicate ingredients used in French and German dishes, for instance, which often compete with Italian cuisine as a leading choice of diners around the world. The Italian philosophy of cooking makes it simple to prepare a beautiful, tasty dish for an entire family without having advanced culinary experience.

This aspect of cooking reflects Italian culture: In many regions of Italy, the central point of connexion for large families is a meal freshly prepared at home. Home cooks, unlike restaurant chefs, rely on a series of basic culinary skills and processes. That carries through to today's Italian cuisine at the leading restaurants around the world. While the flavours are amazingly complex, the process of bringing those flavours to the table remains a relatively simple labour of love.

Italian Food Encourages Sharing and Conversation

A proper Italian meal goes well beyond the dishes being served for lunch or dinner. In fact, delicious Italian cuisine often serves not as the star of the show, but as the background to a long conversation that involves family, friends, and neighbourhood acquaintances. Throughout Italian history, one thing has remained constant: A good meal was served only to form the basis of a good conversation. Italians are known for taking hours at a time to finish a meal, with ample sources of protein, pasta, and locally fermented wines.

Perhaps due to an Italian meal's social legacy, developed over many generations, the country has become known for its "endless" meals that involve many courses. Most traditional Italian meals start off with light meats, vegetables, or cheeses, and progress through at least four different courses that involve a heavier "entree" meal and light snacks. A dessert option is typically offered as well, once the conversation has begun to wind down and guests are beginning to transition to dessert wines or coffees. It is often said that the best way to judge the success of an Italian meal is by the level of conversation that it encourages, and it's easy to see why that legend has become the case not only in Italy, but in Italian restaurants  around the world.

Italian Food is the Original "Melting Pot" Cuisine

Modern immigration patterns have allowed the world to shrink, in some sense, with the mingling of cultures and cuisines throughout all of the continents. Even so, this type of melting pot is not something that should be considered new or original. In fact, Italian cuisine has been melding flavours and regional identities for centuries. As mentioned earlier, modern Italian cuisine originates from 20 different regions now grouped together as a single country. Even before that formal union, however, Italians were borrowing each other's techniques and recipes. The type of cuisine that is most commonly "exported" internationally is one that has blended Roman, Greek, Sicilian, and Etruscan cooking styles and recipes.

By melding together the best parts of Italian cuisine, culture, and conversation, Italian food has become a conversation piece all on its town. Today, it represents simple cooking, complex flavours, and comforting conversations among friends. No matter where someone is or where they're from, those elements of a meal can make any day, and any cuisine, very special indeed.

Few cuisines have managed to travel the world and become as popular as Italian cuisine , with restaurants that serve up authentic Italian dishes located in almost every major urban centre and country internationally. This is not something that happened by accident, however. Italian food has evolved over many generations, and the unique care and ingredients that go into every dish are designed to inspire an authentic connexion to Italian history, culture, and connexions, no matter where the dish is served. To understand what makes Italian food so unique, so special, and so globally popular, consider its origins and what goes into every item on a typical Italian menu.

Over 20 Different Regions of Unique Cuisine

The great thing about Italian cuisine is that it's an extremely diverse set of recipes, cooking techniques, and multi-generational traditions. Indeed, Italy as a country didn't come into existence until the middle of the 19th century. Until that point, modern Italy was made up of 20 different regions that developed independent cuisines based on local traditions, climates, and availability of diverse ingredients. To understand Italian cuisine is to understand the difference between Tuscan, Florentine, and Sicilian cooking styles, among many others. Each region took advantage of its location and traditions to shape modern Italian food . Steaks, pasta dishes, and seafood dishes, come from different regions and are often cooked with different spices based on their origin.


By Nael 31 Jan, 2017

If there is one thing I have learned in life it is: when opportunity knocks grab it with both hands. That is exactly what I did when I was asked if I would like to interview Italian chef Marianna Vitaleof Sud Ristorante,recipient of a Michelin  star. This interview opportunity was offered to me as I was trying to get my first interview for Pickle My Fancy’s CHEF TALK: FIRE IT UP!segment with the Executive Chef of Bice Mare . This gesture taught me that Chefs are not competitive (not like in the corporate world I am used to), but more like promoters and supporters of each other.

So here goes!

Name:

Chef Marianna Vitale

Restaurant:

Sud Ristorante, in

Quarto (in the hinterland of Campi Flegrei), North-West of Naples

From (Country):

Italy

Culinary School:

Self taught

Knife Hand:

Right

Twitter Handle:

 

@VitaleMarianna8

Welcome to Dubai! Is this your first visit to Dubai? Tell us a little bit about why you are visiting Dubai?

My first visit to Dubai was in November 2014 when I attended the Italian Cuisine World Summit and it is also where I met Francesco (Executive Chef Francesco Guarracino) of Bice Mare. I think he was impressed with my unique style of creating dishes (

winks and smiles

) that he invited me back to Dubai. My visit to Dubai is also the perfect opportunity for us to promote the upcoming summer event called ‘

Star Tripfood


By Nael 31 Jan, 2017
 Handcrafted Food is a Key Part of the Italian Tradition

There are many cuisines around the world, but perhaps none of them focuses on the type of painstaking, all-day work and preparation that Italian cuisine does. That's because much of the food served throughout Italy simply requires a great deal of work to cook and prepare. Pasta is often made by hand using fresh ingredients while sauces take all day to cook and properly seasoned. Aged cheeses and fresh breads, essential to finishing off any truly authentic Italian meal, sometimes take multiple days or months to prepare. That's why the Italian tradition treats every meal as a celebration and as a reward: That meal, at least historically speaking, often took months of preparation so that each fresh ingredient could be properly aged and integrated into the dishes being served.


A Simple Way to Cook a Fulfilling Meal

Though Italian cuisine often involves a whole day of preparing, and some of its ingredients must age for months at a time, the actual preparation of an Italian meal is very straightforward. This is especially true when considering the advanced techniques and delicate ingredients used in French and German dishes, for instance, which often compete with Italian cuisine as a leading choice of diners around the world. The Italian philosophy of cooking makes it simple to prepare a beautiful, tasty dish for an entire family without having advanced culinary experience.

This aspect of cooking reflects Italian culture: In many regions of Italy, the central point of connexion for large families is a meal freshly prepared at home. Home cooks, unlike restaurant chefs, rely on a series of basic culinary skills and processes. That carries through to today's Italian cuisine at the leading restaurants around the world. While the flavours are amazingly complex, the process of bringing those flavours to the table remains a relatively simple labour of love.

Italian Food Encourages Sharing and Conversation

A proper Italian meal goes well beyond the dishes being served for lunch or dinner. In fact, delicious Italian cuisine often serves not as the star of the show, but as the background to a long conversation that involves family, friends, and neighbourhood acquaintances. Throughout Italian history, one thing has remained constant: A good meal was served only to form the basis of a good conversation. Italians are known for taking hours at a time to finish a meal, with ample sources of protein, pasta, and locally fermented wines.

Perhaps due to an Italian meal's social legacy, developed over many generations, the country has become known for its "endless" meals that involve many courses. Most traditional Italian meals start off with light meats, vegetables, or cheeses, and progress through at least four different courses that involve a heavier "entree" meal and light snacks. A dessert option is typically offered as well, once the conversation has begun to wind down and guests are beginning to transition to dessert wines or coffees. It is often said that the best way to judge the success of an Italian meal is by the level of conversation that it encourages, and it's easy to see why that legend has become the case not only in Italy, but in Italian restaurants  around the world.

Italian Food is the Original "Melting Pot" Cuisine

Modern immigration patterns have allowed the world to shrink, in some sense, with the mingling of cultures and cuisines throughout all of the continents. Even so, this type of melting pot is not something that should be considered new or original. In fact, Italian cuisine has been melding flavours and regional identities for centuries. As mentioned earlier, modern Italian cuisine originates from 20 different regions now grouped together as a single country. Even before that formal union, however, Italians were borrowing each other's techniques and recipes. The type of cuisine that is most commonly "exported" internationally is one that has blended Roman, Greek, Sicilian, and Etruscan cooking styles and recipes.

By melding together the best parts of Italian cuisine, culture, and conversation, Italian food has become a conversation piece all on its town. Today, it represents simple cooking, complex flavours, and comforting conversations among friends. No matter where someone is or where they're from, those elements of a meal can make any day, and any cuisine, very special indeed.

Few cuisines have managed to travel the world and become as popular as Italian cuisine , with restaurants that serve up authentic Italian dishes located in almost every major urban centre and country internationally. This is not something that happened by accident, however. Italian food has evolved over many generations, and the unique care and ingredients that go into every dish are designed to inspire an authentic connexion to Italian history, culture, and connexions, no matter where the dish is served. To understand what makes Italian food so unique, so special, and so globally popular, consider its origins and what goes into every item on a typical Italian menu.

Over 20 Different Regions of Unique Cuisine

The great thing about Italian cuisine is that it's an extremely diverse set of recipes, cooking techniques, and multi-generational traditions. Indeed, Italy as a country didn't come into existence until the middle of the 19th century. Until that point, modern Italy was made up of 20 different regions that developed independent cuisines based on local traditions, climates, and availability of diverse ingredients. To understand Italian cuisine is to understand the difference between Tuscan, Florentine, and Sicilian cooking styles, among many others. Each region took advantage of its location and traditions to shape modern Italian food . Steaks, pasta dishes, and seafood dishes, come from different regions and are often cooked with different spices based on their origin.


By Nael 31 Jan, 2017
I havSouk Al Bahar in Dubai is not just another shopping and dining hub. This exquisite shopping destination located in the heart of Dubai’s opulent downtown offers a one-of-a-kind experience to all shoppers and diners. Plus, the newly introduced nightlife spots in this area fulfill the entertainment needs of all groups of people.

Souk Al Bahar can be easily accessed from the popular Dubai Mall. The waterfront promenade in the souk features ancient Arabian style architecture with hundreds of shops and café overlooking the scenic creek. Visitors can enjoy the dancing fountain show right from the promenade at the mall. Plus, the majestic Burj Khalifa is just a few steps from this souk.e finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.

For your shopping, Souk Al Bahar offers an eclectic choice of retail stores, luxury brand boutiques and hundreds of outlets. In addition, you will find the expansive handicraft stalls, local fashion wear, perfumes, Mediterranean carpet stalls and furnishing stores here. Souk Al Bahar Shops also include many souvenir stores that sell locally made items to delicate pieces of artworks. Every visitor cannot get enough of this world-class shopping experience at the Souk Al Bahar. Those looking for some art and craft stalls should stop by the Al Jaber Gallery that offers an assorted range of artworks and souvenirs. For some Persian delights and gourmet dates, stop by the Bateel store in Souk Al Bahar. You will find more than 20 varieties of dates, handmade chocolates, Turkish delights, dried figs and a diverse array of nuts. Check out those handmade jams, jelly, pickles and nougats, export-quality mustard, honey, and olive oil at this store.

Touring the Souk Al Bahar is an experience in itself. The beautiful waterfront promenade, natural stone corridors, soft lights, stone-clad high archways and ancient type decors enhance the look of this shopping and dining hub. As you walk along the alleyways, you will see small shops, carpet stores and stalls selling modern items. In fact, you will find everything from a high-end store to a local grocery store here within the souk. In addition, there are a few new nightlife spots in this area that offer everything from a Boho-style get-together joint to a stylish Cuban-Mexican hotspot for guests to chill out in the night. Plus the late night menu at these restaurants will satisfy your cravings after dinner hours.

Restaurant choices at the souk include upscale dining venues, alfresco restaurants and even small bakery shops located right across the lake. The quiet and cozy site of the water-front district offers a romantic dining setting for couples and honeymooners alike. Choices of dining venues include restaurants serving local cuisine, traditional Asian fare, and even European food. The deli shops across the alleyways offer freshly baked bread, cookies, and pastries, a variety of coffee and drinks. Those looking for a perfect date night joint will surely love the exquisite dining experience in the Souk Al Bahar’s restaurants. After all, the vibrant waterside shopping and dining hub is a must-see destination in the town.

For a fine dining experience at Souk Al Bahar, visit the Italian restaurant, BiCE Mare . This restaurant offers a friendly and sophisticated setting for guests to enjoy some warm soul food. The menu here is seafood inspired, and it features a modern cuisine. The restaurant has a welcoming terrace setting that overlooks the gorgeous Dubai skyline featuring the iconic Burj Khalifa. Plus the grand fountain show is a treat to watch while dining here.

At BiCE Mare, guests will find a modern twist to the traditional Italian fare. Chef Francesco Guarracino and his team bring forward the traditional and regional Italian cooking to your table at BiCE Mare. Apart from the classics like eggplant parmigiana and fried calamari, the restaurant serves contemporary and fusion food such as the Mediterranean seafood soup and tempura battered fried tuna and prawns in Italian style citrus sauce. The menu features a variety of pasta dishes, risottos, and some well-loved classics. Expect to find an innovative twist to the classic veal chops, grilled salmon and succulent meat dishes.

Service is praiseworthy and quick. The staff and waiters always ensure to bring fresh food to your table. The restaurant chef use the finest ingredients and dry pasta from Italy. Undoubtedly, the food showcases the talent and the experience of the head chef and his team. Each dish is carefully made and presented to make it look scrumptious and appetizing. What makes each dish so different is the flavourful produce and meat they use. They claim to use the finest olive oil, herbs, traditional cooking methods and fresh product available in order to create the perfectly enticing meal for you. This is something you can always expect to find at BiCE Mare. Plus, the delectable desserts such as the traditional Amalfi Coast’s Neapolitan cake and cheesecake are quite favorite amongst the visitors.

Apart from the wonderful dishes on the menu, the impressive interiors of the restaurant will amaze you. Inside, you will find a stylish setting with warm and welcoming décor. The classic seating arrangements with white and royal blue hue, elegant table setting, and the quintessential Dubai view are something that BiCE Mare is known for. When you are in Dubai next time, stop by the award-winning Italian seafood restaurant for an upscale dining experience. The magnificent views of the Dubai skyline, fountain show at the Dubai Mall and wonderful food at BiCE Mare will altogether create an enjoyable and memorable evening for you at the Souk Al Bahara.
By Nael 31 Jan, 2017

Imagine pizzas just out of the oven, some of the best risotto in the world, every kind of pasta available and Italian wines with every course. Then, top it off with a perfect espresso. All of this was courtesy of the seventh World Summit of Italian Cuisine in Dubai from October 27-November 5, 2015.

The big kickoff of the Italian Cuisine World Summit was held at the home of the Consul General of Italy, Giovanni Favelli. The producers, sponsors and partners of the summit were also present, and chefs from Italian restaurants in Dubai provided the fine cuisine. Chefs from restaurants that hosted visiting chefs also attended. Director of the summit, Rosario Scarpato, addressed the gathering about the theme and activities of this year's event. This must be the definition of an enjoyable "meeting."

The Michelin-Star Chefs Gala was themed "United Nations by Italian Cuisine," charging chefs with creating dishes uniting ingredients from around the world. Open to Dubai residents and visitors for AED 200.00, the food and wine was a connoisseur's dream. There are not many opportunities to enjoy food created by several Michelin-starred-chefs all in one place. Mind blown.

Plan now for next year's summit and come hungry if feasting on incredible Italian cuisine is on the bucket list. Dubai has been recognized as a world food center with outstanding Italian restaurants as well as a tourist destination on a global scale. The 170 chefs from around the world participating in various events made it a foodie's dream since many possess Michelin stars.

Master classes from a few chefs with Michelin stars added excitement to the thrill of actually eating the food. Contests for best pasta, pizza, risotto and espresso amped up the already high expectations of attendees, so the winners had to be pleased with their achievements. The fortunate tasters may have been even more pleased.

Lifestyle experts and the media also attend this summit, making it a "something for everyone" kind of attraction. It's a good way to see Dubai and eat like royalty. Many travellers would not associate finding outstanding Italian food here, and now it's an accepted part of the landscape.

The first weekend of the summit, the Specialty Food Festival Awards were presented, and the Specialty Food Festival offered gourmet foods for the tasting. Seafood, snacks and confections, new and familiar, and non-gourmet products were on display. Many commercial enterprises were able to learn of the latest trends in artisan and premium delicacies for future business ventures. The broad range of international chefs' creations at this event contributed to a tasty and fascinating weekend.

Quite a few guests walked off some calories during the Italian Summit Golfing Day at the Address Montgomerie Golf Club in Dubai . There's a good view of the city from the greens, and great golfers played some excellent golf. Afterwards, however, the wine dinner for 250 VIP guests wowed everyone involved. Prepared by four Italian chefs with Michelin stars, this dinner was the icing on the golfing cake.

Chef and golfer Emiliano Bernasconi, Culinary Director of the Jas Hospitality Group, knows how to combine food and sport and is one of the promoters of this tournament. The golfing day is a fun way to meet, greet and network with others in the food industry. Another part of the tournament day includes a look at some luxury goods and services from Italy available in the UAE and Dubai. There are other interests outside of food, but the diners have Michelin stars in their eyes.

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